France was the epicenter of the Enlightenment that fairly defines Western civilization. And the jihadis, in their reckless, apocalyptic pathology, detest above all such values.
John Tirman is executive director and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies. He is the author of “The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars.”
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These American wars contain an element of Greek tragedy, beginning with hubris and ending with an unconscious, Oedipal urge to blind ourselves to the horror of what we’ve done.
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In an increasingly diverse America, opposing immigration reform is a losing proposition for political candidates. So why are Republicans so reluctant to budge on the issue?
We should begin to understand who our immigrant population is — where they came from and why, their aspirations, their contributions to American society — in order to help this new (and great) migration succeed for all.
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Why do we care about some conflicts more than others?
The swiftness of ISIS’s advances in Iraq has startled many observers. What Americans have failed to appreciate, however, is how devastated Iraq was by the U.S. war and how that is affecting Iraq now.